Half a million DVD players are under a recall because of numerous reports of them emitting smoke and melting
Most of the products at risk were sold under the Axion brand, according to Japanese press reports. The built-in LCD screens could become deformed by overheating, and the Asahi Shimbun reported that, as well as harmful smoke, there was a risk of fire.
Almost 550 units have malfunctioned so far, and initial investigations showed that a short circuit caused by a soldering problem in the LCD display panel's backlight module was to blame.
In addition, a handful of products sold under other brand names, including Rossini, Audiovox and Insignia, may suffer from the same fault, including LCD TVs and LCD picture frames.